Quantum Vacuum & Zero Point Energy Access: Is “Free Energy” For All Actually Possible?
by Arjun Walia | Collective Evolution
“Free energy” is a term being tossed around these days, and not one that many within the new energy movement like to use. That’s because it’s not really “free,” or what we perceive “free” to be. It’s not like the power source for generating the energy to run these machines (discussed below in this article) is coming from nowhere.
It’s coming from the quantum vacuum, which would seem to be available for our use in unlimited quantities, given the fact that it’s the invisible “stuff” that makes up our known entire universe, in which could be a sea of universes and dimensions. There is enough to go around.
Proxima b, the Closest Exoplanet We Know, May Be Even More Earth-Like than We Thought
by Chelsea Gohd | Space.com
The closest alien planet to our solar system is even more Earth-like than scientists had thought, new observations suggest.
In a new study, an international team of researchers found that Proxima b, which lies just 4.2 light-years from Earth, is just 17% more massive than our planet.
SpaceX Wants to Send People to Mars – Here’s What the Trip Might Look Like
by Meghan Bartels | Space.com
Even as SpaceX prepares to launch astronauts for the first time, the company is sharing its dreams for human spaceflight on a much grander scale: missions to Mars.
SpaceX’s desire to put humans on Mars is nothing new; the company was founded with that goal in mind. But now, the company is testing early versions of the spacecraft it envisions using on such journeys, evaluating potential landing sites and thinking through what a long-term base on the Red Planet might look like many years from now.
About half of all the star systems in the galaxy are made of pairs or triplets of stars. Our solar system features just one star, the Sun, and a host of (relatively) small planets. But it was almost not the case, and Jupiter got right on the edge of becoming the Sun’s smaller sibling.
Jupiter Is so Big That Our Solar System Almost Had Two Suns
The U.S. Space Force is now a reality. Below is the first Space Force recruiting video. It is aimed at people whose purpose is “out of this world.”
“It is technically sound, but there have been issues that have come up on almost every level.”
The Scientists Who Won’t Give Up on the Warp Drive
by Rahul Rao | Gizmodo
For most of us, traveling faster than the cosmic speed limit — the speed of light — is a science-fiction fantasy that breaks the very foundation of modern physics. But in the eyes of an engineering undergrad at the University of Alabama in Huntsville named Joseph Agnew, it’s a theory worthy of study.
The idea first came to Agnew in high school, when he became enamored of the warp drives he saw in Star Trek. “I thought about some of the technology postulated within,” he says, “and wondered what the scientific backing might be.”
An intriguing new theory has been offered for what caused the legendary 1908 Tunguska event. Scientists studying the strange incident, in which a mysterious blast of some kind flattened a whopping 80 million trees over an area of 830 square miles in Siberia, have long suspected that it was caused by a meteor striking the Earth. However, a recently published paper reportedly calls that hypothesis into question and, instead, put forward a rather fantastic alternative explanation. See the following articles:
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Permanent magnets akin to those used on refrigerators could speed the development of fusion energy – the same energy produced by the sun and stars. In principle, such magnets can greatly simplify the design and production of fusion devices called stellarators. Most stellarators use a set of complex twisted coils that spiral like stripes on a candy cane to produce magnetic fields that shape and control the plasma that fuels fusion reactions. Refrigerator-like permanent magnets could produce the hard part of these essential fields, allowing simple, non-twisted coils to produce the remaining part in place of the complex coils.
Fusion Energy Solution May Come From Permanent Magnets Like Those on Refrigerator Doors – But Far Stronger
From suborbital flights to orbital missions to trips around the Moon, space tourism is taking off due to technological advancements such as reusable rockets.
SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics Will Build Human Lunar Landers for NASA’s next Trip Back to the Moon
by Darrell Etherington | TechCrunch
NASA has selected the companies that will provide them with the human landing system for their Artemis Moon missions, including a lander vehicle that will carry astronauts from space to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972. Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics were picked from a larger field of competitors to develop and build human landing systems (HLS) to carry the first woman and the next man to the Moon, a goal which NASA still hopes to accomplish by 2024.
April 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the ill-fated Apollo 13 moon mission that almost ended in disaster. Fortunately, the astronauts were able to return safely to the Earth due to the heroic efforts of NASA and the astronauts themselves.
Below is a scene from the movie Apollo 13 that depicts the spectacular launch of this mission. This is followed by an article that provides an overview of this chapter in manned space flight history.
This documentary is about the NASA program to return to the Moon, the space projects of several billionaires, space tourism, and other developments.
Ready for the Next Great Challenge! NASA Unveils Plans for Manned Space Bases on the Moon and Mars
From Sputnik News
NASA’s Artemis programme, named after the Greek goddess of the Moon, is part of an ambitious effort to place astronauts on the lunar surface and develop an ongoing human presence there by 2024.
NASA’s ambitious Artemis programme aimed at returning astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024 has just been expanded even further, aiming to maintain a human presence on the Moon and, potentially, Mars after 2024.